In Sunderland, a man hosting a family from Afghanistan raised the question of protections for asylum seekers. We talked about the need to change America's broken immigration system into something more just and compassionate.
In Orange, we talked about helping the town recover from a massive fire in June. I gave everybody there my word that I would stand with them through this difficult time. And just this month, with the help of State Senator Jo Comerford, State Representative Susannah Whipps and Town Administrator Gabriele Voelker, we announced that $3.4 million of funding from the American Rescue Plan would go directly to support fire cleanup.
In Grafton, a college student asked me about the future of democracy. I told her that young people are 100% of America's future, and that her generation gave us all great hope. I spoke about the power young people have to create change, to strengthen our democracy, and to push our country to take action on important issues like climate change and college affordability.